Thermal Camera Under $2,000?

By Ethan Ace, Published Jun 05, 2012, 12:00am EDT (Info+)

While Axis and FLIR have loudly proclaimed steep drops in thermal network camera pricing, their cameras are still at least $3,000 and most are far more expensive. Now, a newer entrant to the security market, DRS Technologies [link no longer available], has radically slashed pricing, offering similar cameras for less than $2,000. In this note, we examine who this company is, whether they are for real and what catches or limitations you may face.

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*** *** $*,*** ******* ** *** that ******** ****, **** ** ********** changes ** *** ******* ********.

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Specs, *******, *** ************

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Potential **************

***** ***' ******* ***** ** ************, and ********* ********** *******, ***** ****** consider *** ********* ********* ***** ** concern:

  • *** ** * *******:*** ** *** ** *** ********** security *****, **** ******** ***** *-* years ***. *******, *** *** *********** history ** *** ******* ******, ******* in ****, ********* *** ****** ** the ********** ********'* ********** ****** ********.
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  • ********* *******:**** ******* ** ** ********** ******* with *** *** *******. *** ******* their **** ******* ** ********* * days/60 ***** *** ****.
  • **** ****** ****:*** ***** ** **** **** ****** are ******* ****** ** *****, *** longer **** ***** *** ***** *** larger ******.

Competitive **********

*** *********** ** ***** ** ************* less ********* **** *** ** ******* competitors, **** ** **** *** ****. Given $*,*** *** ** ** *********** street *****, ** ******** ** *******:

***** ***** ******, *** *********** ** less **** **** *** ***** ** competitors.

** ***** *********:****** ****, *******, ***' ******* *** not ******* ** ******* ********* **-*****, only ****** *********. **** ** ** important ********** ** ********* *** ***** run **** ******* *******. ***** *** can ******* *********, ** ***** ** be **** ** *** ****** ****, increasing **** *** **********.

Comparison ** ******* *******

******* ** *******, ** ************ ** often **** **** ******* ***** *******. There *** *** ******* ** **** case:

  • *****-** **:*** ***** ****** ** ***** ******* with *****-** ** ************. **** ******** megapixel ********** *** ***** ****** *** day, ****** **** ******* ******* ***** are ******* ** *** * *** resolution *****-** ** ** ********* ******* to **-**' ** ****, ******* ******* cameras ***** **** ********* ****** ** the ******** ** ****. ********** ** cameras *** ********* ****** **** ***** even *** ***********, *******, ******* *** $1,000 ** ****.
  • ****-***** ******** ***********:*** ****** ****** ** ***** * long-range ************, ***** *** ***** ****** close ** *** ********* ****** ** thermal *******. *******, ***** ************ ***** often **** *** **** $*,*** ****, and **** ** ********** ********* *** integrated **** *** ** ******. *******, high-powered ** **** ****** ************ ** the **** *****, ****** ********* ************** difficult.

** ****** ***** **** ** ** is ****, ******* ******* **** ** advantage ** *** ** ********* *******, as ****, ** **** *** ****** able ** ****** ***** *******.

*******, ******* ******* ***** ****** ** high ********** ******* ***** ******, * major ******* *** **** *****. *** could ********** ***** ***** **** ******* cameras **** * ******** ********* ******* at * ****** ******** ** **** to ******* **** ***********.

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